Acquired: Rescue / shelter organization
Posted Sep 10, 2012
We received our American Shorthairs, Spencer and Toby, from the aunt of one of my sister's friends back in mid-August. They were born strays, but had been spayed, neutered, chipped, litter box trained, and were up to date on vaccines. We bought them for the incredibly low price of $0.00 because the recently mentioned aunt didn't wish to see them out on the street. The only problem was that we had never legitimately owned cats in the past due to the allergies of both my father, and me. I had experience with my girlfriend's shorthairs, Zach and Cody, but we had never had any experience with cats in our home. Something we both learned very quickly was that shorthairs are very hypoallergenic, requiring hours of unbroken exposure to the cats to even get the first signs of a runny nose. It was definitely interesting buying all of these cat toys, litter boxes, etc. Since they were originally strays, they started off being very skittish around people. This is where I will differentiate Spencer from her brother. Spencer was always incredibly outgoing for her situation and adapted to having owners very quickly. She is very affectionate, feisty, playful, curious, and is generally looking or someone to pet her. The only downside to this playful side, is that she will claw at anything that looks like string, including leather, jewelry, the adjusters for blinds, etc. All in all, they are amazing animals, because they are quiet, clean, playful, social, adaptable, cuddly, etc.